In a preview of his debut collection for Iceberg, designer Arthur Arbesser name checked the Italian artist Enrico Baj and his vivid, often politically charged paintings as an inspiration. Arbesser, too, was looking to make radical reforms at Iceberg with a collection filled with colorful knitwear in exaggerated patterns.
"I thought the most important thing was to start the project really fresh, with almost nothing in mind," said the designer.
Iceberg is known for its knitwear and it was nice to see the designer staying true to that aspect of the brand's heritage. The supercharged shades that Arbesser chose and his slim silhouettes gave the lineup a mod 1960s vibe, a feeling cemented by the use of perforated metallic silver tops and flared pants as well as a go go girl twist on the idea of fringing that saw tuffs of metallic yarn sprouting out of a series of outfits.
The odd introduction of oversized plastic military metals on outerwear was perhaps an attempt to echo the show's slightly off kilter graphic motifs, but they fell flat. In fact, even with all the glossy patent leather accent pieces, fun sun hats and playful silver pointy toed shoes, the colorful collection just didn't achieve the joie de vivre it was aiming for.